Anti-Bullying Workshop at Face2Face Youth Group

Anti-Bullying Workshop at Face2Face Youth Group
01 Oct 2018

Teens and preteens are invited to a two and one-half-hour workshop, where they will meet with the Face2Face Youth Group Leadership Team and community leaders to discuss bullying, and then learn some simple but effective self-defense techniques from Mrs. Lydia Ajay, 3rd degree black belt and co-owner of Ajay’s Karate!


12:00 p.m. – Welcome, Pizza lunch & mingle
Youth participants will be treated to pizza and water for lunch, and encouraged to mingle and meet with the other guests and panel members.

12:30 p.m. – Group Discussion
In the first hour, youth will have an opportunity to express their concerns and talk one-on-one with a panel of community leaders about bullying. Agency representatives will be able to hear directly from the teens about which issues they feel need to be addressed, and youth can learn new tools for dealing with bullying when it occurs. Scheduled panel speakers include:

Mrs. Lydia Ajay: Mrs. Lydia Ajay is the co-owner of Ajay’s Karate and a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is a California credentialed school teacher who has taught in the public school system for over 14 years and is very good with the students whether they are children, teenagers, or adults.

Mark and Margaret Arsenault: Mark and Margaret Arsenault are the co-founders and Director and CEO, respectively, of Face2Face Youth Group, Inc.

Ofcr. Kristopher Packwood: Kristopher Packwood, a Crime Prevention Officer with the Elk Grove Police Department’s Community Resources Division crime prevention unit.

Bobby Uppal, CADC-II: Bobby is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II) and a regular Volunteer with Face2Face Youth Group.

Sacramento LGBT Community Center: We are also expecting a representative from the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, though they’ve not yet been named.

Parents and guardians are welcome to stay and observe. We do ask, however, that parents/guardians not participate in the discussions, so that the youth can address their concerns and benefit from a direct conversation with the community leaders who attend.

1:30 p.m. – Break
We will take a short 10-minute break, allowing participants time to use the restroom and for staff to move furniture as necessary.

1:40 p.m. – Defensive Techniques
The second hour consists of a basic self-defense class taught by Lydia Ajay, a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and the co-owner of Ajay’s Karate. During this portion of the workshop, teens will learn simple but effective means of defending themselves against physical threats and bullying. Youth will learn how to avoid being struck, how to escape a grab or headlock, and other defensive techniques to empower them to thwart attempts to physically bully them.

2:45 p.m. – Wrap-up
We wrap up the event and provide some parting words for the teens who attended.


Registration is $10 for this event. This fee covers materials, food, and services at the event.

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